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Yeah, air quality in the valley is worse than Mumbai, which is never... ideal.

Two large fires formed overnight to create Mega-Fire about 6 miles from my parent’s home, and as of 8 am it is officially 0% contained. So we’ve got some house guests for the foreseeable future.

Blue Pool is gone. It just doesn’t exist anymore. 

 

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I'm in the foothills east of Seattle, and we got an insane blast of smoke from the Evans Fire near Natches on Monday night. It went from beautiful and clear to heavy smoke and 50 MPH gusts in about an hour. Several transformers blew, and more fires started. I have a friend in Pierce County who may have to evacuate. No relief in sight until next week.

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Blue river is gone. Annihilated.  800 residents, homeless.  An entire school district, gone.  who knows how many got out, or defied the warnings and died. They’re now climate-change refugees.  

 

I’ve driven the McKenzie highway all of my adult life and several of my childhood years.  This is fucking catastrophic.  
 

 

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Air has gotten worse today on the West side, but not at risk of any of the fires at least.  I grew up in Springfield and quite a few old family friends have been evacuated out in the McKenzie/Marcola areas.  My family's currently in level 1 evac in the Thurston area.  It's just mind blowing to think so many of the places I grew up going to are just gone now.

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By some miracle, Central Oregon escaped even the smoke from the numerous fires in the western half of the state. ...

As of today, that ended.  We're in permanent night.

 

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Much of Oregon is under hazardous air quality. Here in the 'burbs east of Seattle, ours is rising quickly. Much of the smoke from Oregon's fires was pushed offshore over the past few days, but now it's being blown to the NE right into Puget Sound. Our AQI went from 77 early this morning to 156 right now, and will be 224 or higher by this evening. Still nothing like Oregon is facing.

One thing's for sure: Even without COVID-19, there is no way the Ducks would have been playing tOSU tomorrow.

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I don't think people get how insane this is.  The west slope of the cascades is supposed to be green, wet country.  1 million acres burned in 3 days (500k is the average acreage burned, statewide, in an entire season).

We've expected Central Oregon to burn down for years.  It's a constant fear, every summer (particularly now with Bend exploding in population, bringing the backfiring motorcycles and yahoos with lighters).  Each month brings worse and worse shit in this ratfuck of a year, and I wouldn't be surprised if October brings Bend/Redmond to its knees with another insane fire.

 

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